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Finish Welding Classes in Less Than 10 Months

This program is full for the 2024/25 school year. Please check back October 1 to apply for the 2025/26 Fall start.

Choose the Welding School With All-inclusive Tuition, Convenient Hours

Choose the welding trade school at Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) in Uniontown, Ohio, and finish your welding classes in less than 10 months. With convenient evening hours, all-inclusive tuition, and a modern learning environment, we’ll help you prepare for welding jobs available now in many industries, including manufacturing, aerospace, construction, and energy.

Learn From Certified Instructors With Real-world Welding Experience

At PLCC, our welding program instructors are certified teachers and experienced welders who can teach you the most up-to-date welding techniques to cut or permanently join a wide range of metal parts. 


In these hands-on welding courses, you’ll learn MIG (GMAW), TIG (GTAW), and Stick/Arc (SMAW) welding, how to read blueprints or specifications, carefully measure and inspect substances, use torches, and properly care for welding and other equipment. In addition, critical thinking, problem-solving, and observational skills are emphasized.

Sign Up for Our Welding Training Program

At PLCC, there are no hidden fees in your tuition. With our welding certification program, you will receive, based on your performance, the American Welding Society’s (AWS) D1.1 structural welding code steel qualifications, OSHA 10 certification, and welder qualification sheets.

Program Credentials

AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code Steel Qualifications

OSHA 10 Certification

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Admissions Policy Statement

Students looking to enroll in the above-listed program must submit an official high school or GED transcript to be reviewed. Team members will grant student placement only after evaluating the transcript and determining that it meets all criteria for admission.


Class size is limited to 20 students.






Monday – Thursday

5 pm – 9 pm




Equipped and Empowered

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Welding Program

How much do welders make in Ohio?

The average yearly pay for welders in Ohio ranges from $32,590 to $47,950.

What do welders do on a daily basis?

Welders perform many different tasks on the job, which can vary depending on the industry. Some common things they do include:

  • Read drawings or blueprints and apply them to the project they are working on.
  • Weld, cut, or repair components of many different types of metal in a variety configurations and positions.
  • Use hand and power tools of the trade (masks, gas welding / brazing / cutting torches, electrode holder, drill press / radial drill, portable grinders).
  • Maintain their equipment and take all the proper safety precautions.

What do you need for welding school?

PLCC welding trade school requires a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll. Once you complete welding training, some employers may prefer an apprenticeship.

Can I get scholarships or financial aid to attend PLCC’s welding school?

Yes. In addition to tuition payment plans, PLCC is an approved institution for the following types of financial aid: 

  • Federal PELL Grants 
  • Federal Direct Loans 
  • Veterans Administration Education Benefits 
  • Workforce Innovation Opportunity Investment Act (WIOA) 
  • Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) 
  • Other aid, including a one-time $1,000 scholarship for alumni of PLCC’s four partner districts, as well as veterans and immediate family members of PLCC employees
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If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.